Bon-Secours Ambrée | Brasserie Caulier

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Bon-Secours AmbréeBon-Secours Ambrée

Brewed by:
Brasserie Caulier

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 10-26-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a small, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Rather fruity aroma with sweet-smelling malts and notes of sherry and ruby port.

Taste: Toasty maltiness with a clobbering fruitiness giving you flavors of port, sherry, and a mini-box of golden raisins. Hint of wood. Pinch of spices. No more than a slight hop bitterness. Warming, though lusciously sweet and fruity in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite tasty. A nice surprise!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mattfancett
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of swamiswamu
1.4/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

11.2 oz. bottle with a swing top
This is my second subpar Belgian in a row , first being Stille Nacht. The swing top blew of shooting head and some foul looking yeast sediment, strike one. The aroma is sour and medicinal. The flavor is cloyingly sweet and sour, slightly medicinal. Really it is simply gross and it made my stomach ache (strike two) and head throb (strike three). Drain pour, blech.
Note: I hope that this was a matter of quality control, but that doesn't really excuse it. This one was really bad.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first found this bottle in my local supermarket, the first thing I noticed was the bottle. You don’t see a lot of beers with a swing top anymore these days. Anyway, the bottle doesn’t make the beer.
I poured this one out in an Orval Glass. It has a very foggy amber-orange colour. And it gave me a very big foamy head. The head is nicely compact and a bit brownish. The beer refermentates in the bottle so there was a good deal of yeast left on the bottom of the bottle.
The beer has a very strong odour. Very heavy tones of malt and sugary, syrup like smell.
The taste is very strong, aggressive and overtaking. The strong sweet-sugary malt flavour seems to knock out all other taste buds. A dark bitter malt taste shoots to the nose. The beer has a lot of carbonation too. When I swallowed the first two sips, it gave a burning sensation, just like with liquor.
The aftertaste is still very rich in malt flavours with some bitter tones and the something like you ate a pack of corn flour.
A special and interesting beer. I’m going to try to find the other beers from this brewer. A nice beer with a lot to offer, but I guess that the special flavour is not going to be loved by everyone.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, this beer develops a nice head, though it shrinks somewhat quickly to leave a foam film with good lacing. Nice cloudy amber body.
Smells of dark fruits like plums and grapes, as well as candy sugar, malt, hops, and alcohol.
Taste is not what I was expecting. Hops and malt come forward and more than balance the fruits and sugars. Actually tastes a bit roasted/smoky. Nice bitterness and good carbonation actually make this pretty enjoyable.

Overall pretty drinkable. Better than expected, at least.

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Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flip-top 33cl bottle, fairly fresh, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip glass.

Slightly hazy golden body, a good firm white head sat on top at first, it fell to a thin covering with some laceing as the tasting progressed.

Vinegarous aroma, mild, yet overpowering anything else.

Sour tasting at first, then the hops and yeast get to work and it becomes easier to drink.

Because it was so young (best before 03/2012, drank 10/2009) it was a bit fizzy and spritzy. Better than the 'on-tap' review, but only just.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored beer wth big head that leaves some fine lacing.

Smell of malt with hints of straw and some higher alcohols. There is also the impression of vanilla.

Taste is malty with caramel notes, topped of by the unusual yeast profile, with it's higher alcohols which are perfumy and fruity, but at the same time immediatelly make me think of headaches. Bitterness is not very present and mouthfeel and drinkability are OK.

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Photo of skar
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 11.2 oz flip-top bottle. Very nice looking. Bottle was a sample the bar manager and I tasted at the restaurant I work at.

Appearance/Head : Hazy, orange amber color. Pours with a nice thick head.

Aroma: Almost nothing. Faint hints of Roasted Nuts (the kind sold on NYC street corners), and Kahlua (probably because the light aroma allows the alcohol to come through).

Taste: Again, not a lot of flavor especially for an 8.0 abv brew. Nutty, malty, with a light spice aftertaste. Actually the champagne-like bubbles might have been my favorite characteristic of this beer.

Bottom line: The good news is this a Belgian beer that our distributor says is new to the US market. The bad news is this beer is a below average Belgian with the cool bottle and nice carbonation as its two best facets.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

The swing top bottle opens with huge pop and the beers gushes out all over the counter top - i probably wasted about a quarter of the bottle.... The beer is a dark amber / coppery colour. Creamy head poured huge and frothy and faded slowly leaving a thick lacing trail down the glass...

Aroma - Nice roasted caramel malts, strong sweet nuttiness, sweet fruits (plums, dates and figs), some soapy dishwater notes, brown sugar, some Belgian yeast / bread notes, quite herbal, some sour vinegar notes, leathery, some alcohol comes through, spicy, medicinal traces...

Taste – Sweet toasted caramel malts mixed with some vinegar sourness, strong spicy yeastiness, grassy hop bitterness, spicy fruits (raisins, figs, oranges, pears), burnt nuttiness, slight alcohol burn coming through, light liquorice...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... medium bodied... pretty drinkable although the 8.5% is pretty noticeable...

Overall - A pretty decent but slightly strange brew - a bit like a brown ale mixed with a Flanders red... worth a try though...

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of hopdog
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Filp top bottle mail ordered from Belgian.

***Opened with a huge pop followed by gushing beer everywhere. GUSHER ALERT, GUSHER ALERT***

Poured a darker, hazy amber color with a large, frothy white head. Aromas and tastes of yeast, some citris and light malts (caramel?). Fizzy body that detracted from the taste.

Notes from: 10/6/04

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Photo of GreenCard
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle. Lot A, best before November 2007...

Appearance: light amber, great clarity, thick layer of spongey/airy tannish foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: biscuity malt, earthy yeast, hint of clove and cinnamon, raisins, light cocoa dust, herbally hops (artichoke?), sour milk, strawberries

Flavor: slightly sweet toasty malt base, earthy notes, some cork (bottle stored on its side), faint vinous twinge, earthy hop flavor, slight astringent/metallic flavor on sides of tongue, finishes semisweet with a caramelly/peppery aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, soft texture, nice alcohol warmth

Other comments: I had this one to celebrate my 30th birthday yesterday. It's a good beer, but it doesn't quite "explode" in the aroma and taste department like the smaller Bon-Secour beers with the swing-top. Not sure why, since you'd think a big corked 750 would be more vivacious. But it's a pleasant beer nonetheless, especially since I'm getting a bit tired of the relatively unadventurous British ales.

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Photo of tjd25
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A “living beer”, made with “living yeast”. The bottles looks cool. A big head, thick and foamy. A nice complex orange color, lots of sediments, even if I poured the beer the beer carefully.
A smell of apple. The taste was enjoyable but I couldn’t determine its particularity. Malty, with a hoppy aftertaste. I found it quite drinkable. You feel the 8% abv, but it's not overwhelming. An enjoyable brew, even if I can’t find much to say about it.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky orange brown color with a rocky white head the leaves nice sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell is of orange, spice, plum, brown sugar.

Taste is alcohol (pleasant not harsh) orange, brown sugar, maple, pumpkin pie? Lots of stuff going on in this brew. Sits on the palate nicely a beer you can really feel.

As it's been said before there is a loud pop followed by some gushing when opened. For me though it wasn't tons of overflowing just a bit. Lots of sediment some you can see floating, but hey that just means it's a quality brew. I drink this all the time, I'm lucky in the fact that it's just down the street at a super market here in Brussels.

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Photo of horndecker
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ceramic flip top bottle, like the photo above, but a different label, though it still says "Biere Vivante!!"

Peachy gold to orange. Great head, fine and off-white. Lots of lingering sticky suds.

Spicy tangerine nose, some candy, taffy and fruit. A hint of merengue. Nice, if a bit confection-esque.

Herbal bitterness up front. Is that hops, or some yeast component? Hard to tell. Gentle malt rides undernearth, with a mineral wash of fruit flavors following. A trifle root-beerish. Slightly dry finish, with not much in the way of an aftertaste.

Very nice mouthfeel, smooth, with plenty of carbonation.

It looks good, smells good, feels nice in the mouth, but the taste is one-dimensional and uninspiring, which makes it just not very drinkable, right?

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: the bottle is about 6 months pre best before date and opens with a loud pop and beer overflowing everywhere, i guess it really is alive; pours a super murky orange/amber with a white head that bubbles up and quickly fades

s: a little bit or sweet apple malts with some a little bit of vinegar and alcohol scents; cinnamon spiciness;

t: pretty flavorful; some sort of apple flavors with some grainy yeast overtones; the strongest flavors are the thick sweet new england spiced cider apple flavors;

m: light carbonation sort of on the creamy side

d: i expect more a bit more from a bottle conditioned belgian amber but the beer definitely warms up as you finish the glass

*this beer really grows on you. i have some back twice to edit it and give it a higher review as the flavors have had a little more time to settle.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from the Bottle during a visit to the Brasserie Caulier Café and Brewery.

The third beer during the visit, and as with all the others, the trademark thrusting loud “pop” from the flip of the swing top echoed – by now though, the assembled masses at out Table had got used to it.

Appearance: A very hazy brown amber body, the bottle I had somehow managed to spew all of its sediment in my top-up pour, no matter how careful I was with the bottle. The head is off-white and struggled to maintain anything other than a passing resemblance to a collar.

Nose: Warm roasting malts, some nuts and a funky farmyard earthiness in the nose. Light in strength but it has a character that somehow says “I’m an old tired beer that regularly pisses my pants; talks about the good old days yet can’t remember my name”. Weird aromas.

Taste: Tastes much better than it looks and smells. The 8% (as listed on the Café Menu) supports the Amber well, and probably rescues it from a very average marking for Taste. Starts with a nice Nut Brown Malt feel, middles with some lightly warming alcohol and finishes with a nice bitterness that rounds out the beers Amber character. That said, it is still very average, and as the sediment came into play after my last ‘top-up’, a funky earthy feel took over the whole show which ruined the beer. I would definitely recommend letting this settles, and most certainly refraining from dunking the sediment into this beer.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol adds some balls to an otherwise very average feel. A Nutty feel is detectable in the middle of the beer and adds some complexion to a beer that is in danger of being overwhelmed by its high prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: I struggled with this, I’m not sure if the previous two bitter-fruit beers had altered my palate, but judging by what everyone else in our party thought of this – maybe it wasn’t. Not that agreeable, one glass was enough.

Overall: Not really impressed by this one. Completely forgettable.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber color with a one finger head. Average lacing in my snifter glass. Smell is caramel, bread, yeast, hops, and malt. Not bad from the nose department. Taste follows the nose profile for the most part. Some spice added into the mix. Feel is medium, with good carbonation. Overall, a decent brew for the style, but I probably won't look for this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of the flip top bottle. It is murky, orangish-brown with a thick white head. The aroma is malty, bready, sweet and fruity. The flavor starts out dry, then it becomes sweet with a nice maltiness and breadiness. It is a very tasty, medium-bodied beer. This one was a real surprise.

Sampled 3/25/04

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: copper color with a fuill head, very nice....

smell: caramel and sweet breads, sublte dark fruits and that typical belgian yeast aroma.

taste: bready and sweet, brown sugar caramel sweetness, but no over board.

drinkability: overall its a nice belgian ale would match it vs any belgian amber ale. nice....

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance: apricot-orange colour, well saturated, clear. Foam few remaining.
Smell: fruity aroma of yeast, sweet nose
Taste and mouthfeel: slightly spicy, bitterness balanced, sweet and pungent persistency. Well in the mouth, but a little too sweet.
Drinkability: good amber beer, but I prefer the dark version

Review added 10-19-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 2012: Bottle from Spa beer store. Nice sour flavor and aroma of wine. Alcohol burn present in flavor. Thick on head on pour and stays put until finish....

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